Briar Hill - Trail, Orchard Grass Hills, Oldham County, Kentucky

Briar Hill - Trail, Orchard Grass Hills, Oldham County, Kentucky

DESCRIPTION

Tight technical trails. Possibly the best around.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 05, 2011]
RedTrack
Weekend Warrior

I live in the area and ride these trails about once or twice a week. The trails are pretty technical and have a lot of tight squeezes in them. There are definitively two distinct sections to this trail, the trails closest to the park (entrance right next to the parking lot) are easier, and the trails across the street are harder and more advanced. I've noticed the KYMBA additions to the trails include 3 large banked turns in a downhill section of the harder trails. I rode it this week and it just became my favorite part of the trails. Definitely a fun ride and well worth the 30 minute drive if you live in Louisville.

Customer Service

Use the easier trails to warm up on an then go shred the hard trails across the street from the park.

Similar Products Used:

Cherokee

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 28, 2011]
Melton Pot
Cross Country Rider

Briar hill is a blast to ride. Recently many guys from KYMBA have been working on the trails and they are spectacular. I am very impressed. IT has some technical sections but a somewhat serious rider should no problems. There are two trail entrances. One is same side as the parking lot and starts right by the entrance opposite side of the basketball courts. They other trail is directly across the parking lot, if you go up the big hill to your right is a small gravel road with two concrete blocks that signify the entrance. Both are great to ride and i highly recommend them.

Similar Products Used:

Waverly, Fort Duffield, Cherokee, Younger Creek.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 22, 2008]
nonparrishable
Weekend Warrior

The trail has its technicalities, but is hindered mostly by the utter lack of maintenance. The small technical parts are nice when they come, but unfortunately, most technicality is born by the lack of maintenance. It was sloppy and unkempt. I had two flats in 10min of riding. With a little maintenance and mild rerouting it could be a great little place, but as it is, it isn't great. The north most loop is the most rideable, but all of it has faults.
If I am in the area again, I may check in and see if things are improved, but I certainly wouldn't make a point to go there again.
Rideable, but not necessarily enjoyable.
I see good potential, but I’d much rather go to Seneca.

Similar Products Used:

Seneca

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
[Feb 14, 2006]
jredgo1234
Weekend Warrior

One of the best trails in the Louisville area. Come out and enjoy technical log and rock crossings, jumps, teeters, ect are being added by me in the near future. Awesome for beginners and even beter for more experienced riders. I love these trails and ride 2 times a week.

Customer Service

Do the loop that starts on the main entrance road to the park. It is technical and at the top there are a series of rocks, bridges and jumps, then cross and ride until you get to the cutthrough wooden bridge that connects the 2 sides of that trail. Near this bridge there is a big drop off into the creek bed. I am trying to build jumps here and use the drop to get speed. Check it out!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 28, 2005]
Quadzone
Weekend Warrior

Very fun trails to ride. If your not in the best of shape these trails are for you. Not saying they are easy. Very tight and technical. The roots and rocks will test your balance and tech skills along with the log crossings. Prepare to put your feet down a few times and you'll definitly hit your forearms and shoulders on trees. I love the place and think it's one of the funnest places to ride in Louisville.

Customer Service

Ride all the trails.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 12, 2005]
Doofen Z. Gaboofen
Weekend Warrior

I'm a beginner rider who is slowly adding trails and the skills needed to ride them to my inventory. Briar Hill is a great place to develop one's skills. The trails are twisty, preventing riders from blasting through, placing the emphasis instead on bike handling. There are switchbacks, drops, bridges, creek crossings, and rock gardens aplenty, along with jumps and short but intense downhill sections to keep most riders amused. The care of the local volunteers is obvious. In spite of concerns about encroaching civilization, the trail still feels like you're out in the middle of nowhere.

Customer Service

I think the trails across the road from the parking lot are more fun.

Similar Products Used:

Cherokee/Seneca Park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 28, 2004]
Trailmaster
Weekend Warrior

A wet Spring improved much of the riding out at Briar Hill. Many of the wet trail sections have been corrected with additional improvements planned through the coming year. Recent storms have dropped a few of the dead-standing trees and created opportunities for additional technical and trial-esk obsicals. BH was made to be fun, not fast. Since the opening of BH, now over 4-years ago, the trails have developed into smoother lines without compromising the technical qualites. Briar Hill has also benifited from some quality work of local volunteers and made BH one of the best trails in the Louisville area.

Customer Service

Visit >Singletrack.net< for the topo map.

Similar Products Used:

Visit >Singletrack.net< for a full list of great local trails in the Louisville area.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 15, 2003]
Ken-in-Kentucky
Weekend Warrior

Briar Hill is a community park maintained by community riders. This trail system has been the byproduct of many exceptional volunteer efforts. When called upon, a dozen or so enthusiastic outdoorsmen (and women) show up to create wonderful trails, bridges and creek crossings. This past month, two new bridge projects were completed inside a single day. Using donated treated lumber and hardware; two older bridges were stripped of rotting wood and rebuilt. These structures will last for years to come. For those who plan to ride out at Briar Hill or any of our other great trails in Kentucky, please keep in mind those who build and maintain all of our trails in Kentucky. If you ever have an opportunity to pitch in on the next Trail Maintenance Day, please do! It will become a rewarding experience. Planned posted trail maintenance activities can be found at http://www.singletrack.net. Check it out!

Customer Service

From the parking lot, head into the woods any direction. Just follow the trail.

Similar Products Used:

They are all good.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 10, 2003]
chuckc1971
Cross Country Rider

There is no doubt that Briar Hill has some technical aspects and for what land they have, Ken et al have carved out some nice trail. The major problems with Briar Hill are water seeps that keeps certain parts of the trail wet long after the rain. This is a place to go when it's really dry. Also, there seems to be constant encroachment from the developer of the neighborhood adjacent to the trails. Third, there seems to be some private property that the trail traverses and hunting rights for it have been sold (and barbwire strung up). The trailbuilders are trying to work a re-route in and do some major work out there this fall/winter. Hopefully, with some work, including reroutes and bench cutting, it should be better next year.

Customer Service

I tend to run the parking lot trail and the trail across the road counterclockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Cherokee, Otter Creek, Ft. Duffield

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 29, 2003]
Weekend Warrior

The more I ride here the more I like it. This is a great intro for beginners yet it has enough challenges to keep it interesting for other riders. I prefer the network of trails behind the parking lot but the loops across the street are also very fun. It's all well maintained singletrack with very tight turns and a few obstacles to mix things up.

Customer Service

Trails behind parking lot, counter clockwise. Start up the hill at the lot, then at the tree line across the creek, climb to the right again. Everything after that is pretty well flat or downhill except for the very end.

Similar Products Used:

Cherokee and Wilderness Loop in Seneca are also very fun

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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